WAITING times for emergency patients in South Tyneside are slowly improving – but are still below Government targets.
Medical staff at South Tyneside District Hospital in South Shields either admitted, discharged or transferred or transferred 88.3 per cent of patients with four hours during the week ending Sunday, March 15.
I am pleased to report the significant pressures we experienced in January and February are currently reducingSteve Williamson, the Trust’s chief operating officer
This is below the Government’s target of 95 per cent and also the current national average of 93.3 per cent.
There were 1,234 patients who reported for treatment at Harton Lane site during this time.
Bosses at South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust say that, while the figures are still below targets, they are improving when compared to the start of the year. Steve Williamson, the Trust’s chief operating officer, said: “While we have seen an improvement in recent weeks in our A&E performance, we are still experiencing a higher than usual degree of pressure in the system.
“However, thanks to all the dedication and hard work of the staff combined with the measures we have put in place, I am pleased to report the significant pressures we experienced in January and February are currently reducing.”
The longest waiting times patients expected was during the week ending Sunday, January 4 – which also included New Year’s Eve.
During this time only 74.2 per cent of patients arriving for treatment were seen to within the four hour window.